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On a mid-winter, cool and rainy day, I drove to the Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area on the western slopes of the Coastal Mountains. It’s managed by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife to provide winter habitat and supplemental feeding for wild Roosevelt Elk.
A series of open pastures border a paved road, offering good views of up to 200 Elk during winter and spring.
I was fortunate enough to see two fairly large groups of Elk.
A large herd bull was feeding reasonably close to one of the viewing areas. They are always a pleasure to see.
I always wonder how the big bulls make it through the hunting seasons. Then, I remind myself of how tough it is to bushwhack off the trails in the Coastal Mountains. The Elk are great at using it to their advantage.